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"Sloppy engineering" and the olfactory system of insects
chapterposted on 2023-06-07, 20:15 authored by Thomas NowotnyThomas Nowotny
Research on nervous systems has had an important influence on new information processing paradigms and has led to the invention of artificial neural networks in the past. In recent work we have analyzed the olfactory pathway of insects as a pattern classification device with unstructured (random) connectivity. In this chapter I will review these and related results and discuss the implications for applications in artificial olfaction. As we will see, successful classification depends on appropriate connectivity degrees and activation thresholds, as well as large enough numbers of neurons, because the strategy essentially rests on the law of large numbers. Taken as an inspiration for artificial olfaction, the analysis suggests a new paradigm of random kernel methods for odour and general pattern classification.
Book titleBiologically Inspired Signal Processing for Chemical Sensing
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